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James Patterson donates 'Middle School' books to New York City sixth-graders

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(Read caption) 'Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life' is by James Patterson.

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Many sixth-graders in New York City may be found reading about James Patterson’s middle school-age hero Rafe Khatchadorian this summer.

The bestselling author is reportedly donating about 45,000 copies of his book “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” to sixth-graders in New York City public schools, according to New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

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According to Farina, the amount of books being donated means that sixth-graders at more than 300 schools will have “Middle School” made available to them. The books will go to schools before the end of the school year so the students will have them over the summer.

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“We know that in the long-term summer reading is critical in enabling our students to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and this donation will help do just that,” Farina said, according to Reuters

Patterson also recently gave more than 28,000 books to Chicago students.

“I love New York City, and I'm so delighted to be sharing this gift of books and reading with the city's sixth graders,” the author said in a statement, according to USA Today.

Patterson’s book “Middle School,” the first in a series, was released in 2011. The series reached six books with the arrival of “Middle School: Save Rafe!,” which was published this month.